Wilder convicted of manslaughter

After an August 2012 accident on Highway 183 south of Miller claimed the lives of a Sargent woman and young girl, the driver of the vehicle - and mother of the girl killed - has been convicted in the deaths of the two individuals. In a plea agreement with the state, 29-year-old Amanda Wilder, of Sargent, plead no contest to two counts of felony manslaughter at her arraignment March 28 in Buffalo County District Court. The Aug. 22 accident took the lives of Wilder's 11-year-old daughter, Destani, and Rebecca Veeder, 24. Both fatalities, along with the driver, were ejected from the vehicle. Wilder and the other passenger in the pickup, 8-year-old Montannah Wilder, were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital. According to police reports, neither the driver nor any of her passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. The report also indicated there were not enough seat belts present in the pickup for the number of riders. A reconstruction of the accident revealed that Wilder was driving approximately 77 miles per hour in the 60 mph zone because she was running late for an appointment. Sentencing for Wilder has been set for May 10. The charges are Class III felonies, and carry a penalty of 1-20 years in prison and/or $25,000 fine.